LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Thousands of people packed the Los Angeles Convention Center Sunday for a rally hosted by Democratic primary frontrunner Bernie Sanders.

Thousands pack the L.A. Convention Center for Bernie Sanders rally ahead of March 3 primary election. (credit: CBSLA)

More than 15,000 Sanders supporters gathered for the rally, just two days ahead of the March 3 California primary election.

“I’m here to ask for your support to win on Tuesday,” Sanders said. “Let’s defeat Trump.”

The event, which was open to the public, included appearances from Dick Van Dyke and comedian Sarah Silverman.

As people arrived to the rally, CBSLA spoke to Sanders supporters about the reason they’re backing the candidate.

“My primary reason is climate and the environment,” said Sanders supporter Laura Nava. “In comparison to other candidates, Bernie Sanders has a really long record of voting well when it comes to the environment. I think that’s something that impacts all communities across both party lines.”

The rally is one of two stops in Southern California for Sanders Sunday. He also held a rally this afternoon in San Jose. Sanders’ campaign has focused on turning out the vote in California, which is participating in the delegate-rich Super Tuesday on March 3 when more than a dozen states will host primary elections.

It appears his supporters are hearing the message.

“Show up to vote in numbers,” said rally attendee Daniel Navar. “We have to show up and vote, and we have to vote this current president out.”

Some are still weighing their options, but are making their desires clear: they want passion and change.

“I’m looking for someone who is willing to reimagine what the presidency can and should look like,” said undecided voter Sharonda Bossier. “I’m looking for someone who is able to mobilize and energize the base.”

In front of the crowd, Sanders said he would use an executive order to legalize marijuana nationwide.

He also addressed criticisms that he didn’t vote for tighter gun restrictions in the past.

“We will do what the American people want,” Sanders said. “And that is end the sale and distribution of assault weapons in this country.”

Sanders is expected to speak in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday. He’ll also make another appearance in Minneapolis.

Comments (4)
  1. Rebecca Berry Kisler says:

    This article states there were 15,000 people who attended, yet the seating capacit is only 10,000! Hmmm.

  2. sadfount says:

    10K for seating capacity. Shoulder to shoulder it’ll fit about 22K. Also there are more people in the lobby who were not able to get in. 35K RSVP’d before they cut it off two days before the event.

  3. terri jacobs` says:

    Be it Joe Biden, Sanders, Bloomberg, Pete or Elizabeth Warren. They allfollow the left’s radical hyena’s of Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee,Maxine Waters, Al Green, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Talib, AyannaPressley, llhan Omar, Val Deming, and Hakeem Jeffries.

    Democrat-Socialist Platform:

    -Sanctuary Cities & States.

    -De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE.

    -Drivers licenses for illegal aliens.

    -Voting rights for illegal aliens.

    -Late term abortions up to 9 months.

    -Opposed to ANY voter ID Laws.

    -Weaken our Military.

    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    -End all deportations of illegal aliens, if you get here, you stay.

    -Destruction of all private health care (Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren)

    -The Green new deal.(which would create massive unemployment)

    -Medicare care for all including illegal aliens (taxpayer funded with a 52 trillion estimate)

    -College for all, including illegal aliens. (tax payer funded) Sanders-Warren

    -Disarming Americans.

    -Decriminalization of illegal entry into our country.

    -Citizenship for 30 to 50 million illegal aliens & TPS recipients.

    -Reparations for any race harmed by Caucasians

    -Massive tax increases.

    -Open Borders, No Borders.

    -Welfare & Food Stamps for illegal aliens. (all candidates)

    *View their speeches / debates on you tube or the candidates websites.*

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